Navy's LCS 'Serial Production' Now in Full Swing
The future ‘USS Jackson’ launched from the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, marks an important production milestone for the littoral combat ship (LCS) program.
Jackson (LCS 6) joins the future USS Milwaukee (LCS 5), which will launch from the Marinette Marine Corp. yard in Wisconsin next week.
These ships are the first vessels procured under the block buy contract awarded in 2010 and represent the true beginning of "serial production" for the class. With serial production, the Navy is able to realize benefits such as improved cost structure per vessel and reduced construction time.
"Seeing multiple littoral combat ships on the Mobile waterfront is a beautiful thing," said Capt. Tom Anderson, LCS program manager. "Serial production is in full swing at both building yards and we are seeing ship construction milestones."
Following the launch, the ship will undergo outfitting, and test and evaluation of its major systems at the Austal shipyard. The ship's christening, a ceremony that marks the official naming of the vessel, is planned for the spring.
The LCS class consists of two variants, the trimaran design Independence variant, and the monohull design Freedom variant. The ships are designed and built by two industry teams, led by Austal USA and Lockheed Martin (LMT), respectively. Jackson is the third LCS constructed by Austal USA.